Hands on High School in Rural America

Bertie County suffers from many of the issues that Indian Country does. Its rural, isolated, sparsely populated and impoverished. It lacks a pool of talent to draw from to teach its youngsters. Enter Project H Design. Through a hands on learning process, high school students pick a project, raise funds, plan, design and construct a final product. Why not have high school students learn by designing and actually building their learning environments? Way cooler than sitting through an hour of algebra every day!

This model is consistent with a mentorship/apprenticeship form of education for young adults. It goes beyond boring classroom study and actually gets youngster out into the world at a time in their lives when they are at their most active, healthy and creative.

For more on why we need to get beyond compulsory public education, see John Taylor Gatto’s The Six Lesson School Teacher to start.

For more on tribal schooling, see Ishmael Hope’s conception of a tribal college:

The School of Tlingit Customs and Traditions
Part 2: The School of Tlingit Customs and Traditions
Part 3: The School of Tlingit Customs and Traditions

And my short articles on the subject:

Tribe Schooled
Counter Institutions: Tlingit Style Education

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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